I have packs and helmets for those that need, please let me know if you need to borrow one (I already know that Linda, LIsa, John T and Yumi need one).
I also have room in my truck if anyone wants to head down w/us. So far it's Linda, Yumi and me in the truck ( have room for 5 more, no joke). I'd like to rally at my house at 3:30 for a 4:00 departure.
A note on lights. 2 are required, 3 is best. 2 mounted to your helmet, and 1 in your packs. The more waterproof the better. If you don't already own lights, buy the energizer head lamps you can get at home depot, don't spend too much. Several of us have VERY bright lights to light up the pretties and we are happy to share our light. YOu only need enough light to safely navigate the cave, which is surprisingly little. 45 lumins are enough. Also, have spare batteries for you pack. Put them in a zip lock to keep them dry. I carry enough batteries to change my two primary lights out once (although I rarely ever have to change batteries in the cave). The 3rd light doesn't have to be head lamp and should go in your pack.
Have a couple of snacks (my favorite are cliff bars & trail mix) in your pack. 1 liter of water is what I carry in a nalgene bottle.
Wear no cotton, especially in direct contact w/your skin. Even your undies. You are better off comando than wearing cotton undies. Wool socks, nylon or polyster is fine. Your feet are going to get wet, so water proof boots honestly are a waste of money (unless you already own a pair). I wear a poly-pro (think yoga pants or running tights) under a heavy layer like BDUs (army pants). If you have specific questions please contact me or Adam directly. On top, dress in layers, if you are like me, you'll run from hot to cold depending on what's going and being able to take off or put on layers is very helpful.
I wear kneepads and elbow pads. I personally don't view knee pads as optional, but elbow pads are.
Bring a pair or two of gloves. Cheap home depot kind are fine. Stay away from leather (get's heavy and cold when wet) and cotton.
Adam and I will be carrying safety gear and other provisions for safe caving, you only need to worry about what you need to have a great time.
Camping is BYOF, and BYOB. We'll have a fire going and I'll have a BBQ and stove available. Please bring your own cooking utensils.
I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but stay tuned for more info as we get close. I posted our campsite # to the Meetup.
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Hello everyone! We just confirmed June 7th and June 8th for a horizontal caving trip into some of Indiana's river cave systems. One of the cave systems will be a thru trip! This means we will enter from one side and exit out of the cave from a different location. The caves will be mostly walking according to the maps and there will be a lot of water. At times water might get up to the waist! This will be a fun trip for a hot June weekend in central indiana so the first 10 people that RSVP will be invited to join the caving trip. The last day to sign up for this trip will be May 14th. We have limited access and other special considerations for this trip and information will be provided after the may 14th date. Let us know if you have any questions and we will see you underground! This is not a commercial caving tour trip, we will be entering cave systems guided by experienced Windy City Grotto Cavers. We will also be camping at spring mill state park for the weekend.
We will collecting $20 to $25 per person at the campground to cover the costs of firewood and camping for the weekend.
We often have last minute cancellations, so if the event is full, please register for the wait-list.